Proposition 64: Legal Recreational Marijuana Use In California

On Tuesday night, residents of California learned the results of the elections, and with that, the legalization of recreational marijuana usage. Proposition 64 passed with 56.2% of the vote, while the other 43.8% voted no on its legalization. Specifically within the Los Angeles county, the prop passed with 58.3% of the vote.

Proposition 64 legalizes recreational marijuana use; however, there are various rules and regulations that make the proposition more complex than what it seems. The 65-page document outlines an extensive amount of rules that comes with the proposition. The objective of this article is to boil down some of the bigger facts that come with the new proposition:

1) You must be 21 years or older to buy marijuana for recreational use.

People 21 years or older may possess, transport, and buy up to 28.5 grams of marijuana. Any amount over that is illegal and may be subject to fine.  

2) There are restricted areas in which you may smoke.

You may not smoke in public places unless stated so by your county’s own set of laws. However, smoking near schools or day-care centers is completely outlawed and cannot be prevented from local ordinances. Simply put, smoking within the privacy of a home is completely legal.

3) Marijuana products (such as edibles) cannot be designed to look like candy or food.

This means that edibles that can easily pass off as chocolate, brownies, cookies, or other candies or foods are not be allowed to be sold. This is to prevent the appeal to children and even prevent accidental consumption of marijuana products.

4) Commercial marijuana advertisement is restricted in some ways.

One such restriction is the prohibition of advertising on billboards or other similar manners that are located on  Interstate Highways or State Highways “which crosses the border of any other state.” Other restrictions to advertising are appealing to individuals younger than the age of 21.

5) Tax on marijuana.

The tax for its flowers will be set at $9.25 per dry-weight ounce; the tax for its leaves will be set at $2.25 per dry-weight ounce. Where will the taxes go? Tax funds (for California) will go towards the UC San Diego Center for Medical Cannabis Research; public California universities for research of impact of Prop 64; Department of CA Highway Patrol for development of protocols to determine whether an individual is under the influence of marijuana when driving; grants for health departments and local communities that support job placement, mental health treatment, and more. The rest will go towards youth programs; environmental programs; education for driving under the influence.

To learn more information about Proposition 64, these websites (Time and Ballotpedia) provide clear explanations for what else the prop includes.

The document for Proposition 64 is here.

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